A MAN who provided a fake name when quizzed about a speeding offence he had committed has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Paul Eric Taylorson, 52, was behind the wheel of a Citroen Berlingo caught travelling too fast at Gilsland, near Brampton, in July, 2017. A clear picture of the vehicle and driver was captured by a speed camera.
But Carlisle Crown Court heard that when Taylorson was asked to provide details about who was driving, he gave the invented name of “Stephan Bogashinski” in a bid to “throw the police off his scent”. He also claimed that “Mr Bogashinski” had bought the Citroen from him.
During a five-month period, police had to make additional enquiries before Taylorson finally came clean and admitted wrongdoing. He admitted a charge of doing an act tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice.
After hearing mitigation, Judge Peter Davies suspended a 12-month jail term for two years. Taylorson, of Rosehill, Gilsland, must also complete a four-month night-time curfew and pay £800 costs.
Judge Davies told him: “This was a deliberate and sustained effort to deceive the police and the authorities.”